Calvin Harris ran for a touchdown and threw for two more as he helped provide all the points the Western Dubuque football team needed to defeat Cedar Rapids Xavier, 20-14, but the Bobcats relied on their defense all night to get the season-shifting win on Homecoming night at Buchman Field in…

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Six new members were inducted into the Western Dubuque High School Athletic Hall of Fame Oct. 12, during a ceremony at Thunder Hills Country Club — Mike Leibfried (Class of 1988), Jim and Sheila Dougherty, Aaron Burds (Class of 1999), Lynn (Test) Schueller (Class of 1992) and Tom Danner.

A near-capacity gym witnessed an epic four-game battle between the two unbeaten teams of the WaMaC East Oct. 10 at Beckman. Over half that crowd went home a little disappointed.

When Cascade blocked Sean Kluesner’s punt near the goal line and followed it into the endzone for a touchdown with 10:39 left in the first quarter, it became a sign of things to come for the Blazers, who eventually fell, 36-20, in a Class 1A, District 4 game.

Running at the West Delaware Invitational Oct. 8 at Hart Ridge, the Beckman girls placed 16th and the boys 18th among the multi-team fields.

Western Dubuque’s girls cross country team dominated the competition at the West Delaware Invitational Oct. 8 at Hart Ridge Golf Course taking first place by 22 points.

Western Dubuque’s volleyball team showed its late-season polish by going 6-0 last week including a big 3-2 win in their Mississippi Valley Conference battle against City High in Iowa City, Oct. 8. They went 5-0 to take first place in the six-team round-robin tournament hosted by Cedar Rapids…

Western Dubuque’s cross country teams battled in the Mississippi Valley Conference Super Meet at the Iowa City Kickers Soccer Complex Oct. 10 where the girls came away with a sixth-place finish and the boys ninth.

Tournament Club of Iowa is a difficult test on the best of days. When Central Iowa was hit by an arctic blast just in time for the Class 4A State Golf Tournament, the Arnold Palmer Signature Course in Polk City became even more challenging for Iowa’s best high school players.

Maquoketa Valley’s football team secured its first victory of the season with a 50-0 routing of Clayton Ridge on the road.

Riding Cy Huber’s sub-18 time, the Maquoketa Valley boys finished eighth in the 20-team West Delaware Invitational Oct. 8 at Hart Ridge Golf Course in Manchester.

Maquoketa Valley earned a pair of Tri-Rivers Conference volleyball wins over Alburnett and Central City last week.

Western Dubuque sophomore Davis Stelzer will join Iowa’s elite high school golfers in the Class 4A State Golf Tournament at the Tournament Club of Iowa in Polk City, Friday, Oct. 11 and Saturday, Oct 12.

The quick-strike Western Dubuque football team scored 41 points in the first half on its way to finishing off Center Point-Urbana, 41-7, in their Class 3A, District 4 battle in Center Point Oct. 4.

Big wins keep coming for this young Western Dubuque volleyball team as the Bobcats went 4-2 last week while improving to 10-10 for the season. They earned a second-place finish in their own Bobcat Invitational in Epworth Oct. 5.

Coming into their game Oct. 4 at Bellevue, Beckman had the advantage on paper, with the Comets sporting a 1-4 record versus the Blazers’ 4-1. So much for paper stats. The Comets upset the Blazers in a convincing Homecoming 28-7 win, with a game that took advantage of the turnovers they caused.

Another three-game sweep Oct. 1 at Solon gave the Beckman volleyball team a 30-3 overall record and the top of the WaMaC East Conference race (5-0). The Blazers won easily, 25-12, 25-14, 25-18.

Believe it — Western Dubuque is a team to be reckoned with heading into Class 4A District Golf Tournament play.

As teams enter mid-season form, the Maquoketa Valley Wildcats looked for the first victory of their season against undefeated MFL MarMac. There was a sense of confidence and determination in the way MV opened the game, but fell short at the end losing, 31-16, Oct. 5.

Maquoketa Valley’s volleyball team visited North Linn Oct. 1 and earned a 3-1 win (25-10, 14-25, 25-9, 25-20).

Just one measly point separated the Maquoketa Valley boys cross country team from Waverly-Shell Rock and the top of the Jesup Invitational Oct. 3.

Moser School of Dance & Gymnastics instructors Debbie Moser, of Dyersville, and Bernita Moser, of Strawberry Point, attended the 2019 USTA National Congress and Clinics Sept. 27-29 in Peoria, Ill.

Five different players scored touchdowns for the Western Dubuque football team as the Bobcats started district play with a solid 40-7 victory over Wahlert Catholic at the Rock Bowl in Dubuque Sept. 27.

Central DeWitt fell quickly to the then 24-3 Beckman Blazers in a WaMaC test Sept 24 there. Game one was a 25-6 wash, followed by scores of 25-16, 25-19 for the sweep.

If bouncing back from a tough loss says a lot about a program, then the Western Dubuque volleyball team is talking up a storm as the Bobcats swept Cedar Rapids Washington (25-17, 25-19, 25-9) on the road Sept. 24.

A week that began with Western Dubuque shooting a season-best nine-hole score of 153 at Thunder Hills, Sept. 23, ended with the Bobcats winning the Dubuque County Golf Meet at the Dubuque Golf and Country Club, Sept. 26.

Western Dubuque’s boys cross country team embodied the pack-running philosophy as the Bobcats placed second at the Jim Boughton Classic at the Dubuque Soccer Complex Sept. 26.

Take away the first quarter of Beckman’s 56-21 win over Northeast in Clinton Sept. 24 and the rest of the game belonged strictly to the Blazers.

Edgewood-Colesburg fought its way to a rough and muddy win over Maquoketa Valley Sept. 27, 14-0, as the Vikings opened the district season with a win.

Maquoketa Valley earned just its fourth win of a trying season in an upset of Tri-Rivers foe Edgewood-Colesburg Sept. 24 at Delhi in a four-game match.

Drs. Tom and Dan Martin, Matt Ungs and Ted Kruse took the title of the annual Dyersville Lions Club Best Shot Tournament Sept. 23 at Dyersville Golf & Country Club with a 55 total, two strokes in front of the next scores.

Maquoketa Valley’s girls, after their upset win over Edgewood-Colesburg, suffered some come-back-to-reality matches to end the week.

Placing all five scoring runners in the first five spots, the Maquoketa Valley boys captured the title at the Independence cross country invitational Sept. 28. Their 15 points were 52 points clear of runner-up New Hampton with 67, followed by Independence 70 and Waterloo Columbus 77.

The top-ranked Western Dubuque Bobcats hosted third-ranked North Scott in Epworth Friday night on the gridiron. These two teams faced each other twice last season with each team coming away with a win. An electric crowd, a beautiful night and two great football teams set the scene for a spec…

Beckman’s cross country teams ended in 18th (girls) and 19th (boys) places at the Starmont Invitational Sept. 17 around the campus in Arlington.

Beckman recorded a pair of ninth-place team finishes at the Cascade Invitational held Sept. 19 at Anamosa Middle School due to wet conditions at the Cougars’ normal course — Fillmore Fairways.

It seemed only fitting that Jada Wills should take the service line for the game-winning point late in Beckman’s marathon match with then-No. 2-ranked Class 3A Mount Vernon Sept. 17 at home.

According to Blazer coach Mark Atwater, “It was another night that wasn’t pretty but we were able to find a way to win.” He was talking about the Blazers’ 16-13 come-from-behind Homecoming win over Anamosa Sept. 20, 16-13.

Western Dubuque’s cross country teams recorded solid finishes at the Rich Engel Classic at Birdsall Park in Cedar Falls Sept. 19, where the varsity boys placed fourth and the varsity girls were seventh.

Going into the 2019 season, Western Dubuque golf coach Ben Wilson expected his experienced Bobcats to be one of the top teams in the Mississippi Valley Conference.

Class 4A’s top-ranked Cedar Rapids Xavier showed the Western Dubuque Bobcats why the Saints are so highly ranked with a three-game win Sept. 17 in Cedar Rapids.

The change in location didn’t affect the Maquoketa Valley cross country runners at all, as the Wildcat boys placed second and girls seventh at the Cascade Invitational which was held at Anamosa Middle School Sept. 19 after wet conditions caused the event to be moved from Fillmore Fairways.

Maquoketa Valley suffered a Tri-Rivers Conference loss at Cedar Valley Christian Sept. 19. The Wildcats battled but fell in straight sets, 25-13, 25-19, 25-21. MV’s statistical leaders were: serving — Ella Imler 8-of-8, Allie Knipper 6-of-6, Carissa Sabers 6-of-8, Payton Beaman 4-of-5, Shelb…

After an 0-3 start for Maquoketa Valley’s football team, the Wildcats looked to turn that record around in the game against Monticello but came up just short, 21-14.

The Western Dubuque football team came into last Friday’s game as the top-ranked team in Class 3A. Coach Justin Penner and his squad took that ranking up to Decorah for a showdown with the Vikings.

Friday the 13th turned into a very unlucky day for the Clayton Ridge Eagles when they suffered a 48-0 whitewash at the hands of the Beckman Blazers at Beckman Field.

Hosting the Marion Indians Sept. 10, the Beckman volleyball team eased to a three-game sweep, 25-22, 25-19, 25-16.

Western Dubuque had a big day at the Dick Pollitt/Go-Hawk Classic on the Wartburg Max Cross Country Course in Waverly Sept. 10. The Bobcat boys brought home a first-place overall finish, while the girls were fourth.

Always tough Valley foe Cedar Falls handed the Western Dubuque girls a quick three-game defeat there Sept. 10, 9-25, 6-25, 14-25.